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Why Did Global Dividends Reach A Record $1.252 Billion In 2017?

Published Tue, 27 Feb 2018 04:58:16 -0500 on Seeking Alpha

Ben Lofthouse, Head of Global Equity Income, speaks to Bloomberg TV about the key findings from the latest Janus Henderson Global Dividend Index (JHGDI), a long-term study of global dividend trends.
Key Takeaways Why global dividends rose by 7.7% on a headline basis to a record $1.252 billion. The best and worst dividend-paying regions in 2017. Currency effects and the likely impact of U.S. tax cuts. Expectations for dividend growth. Your browser must support iframes to play this content.
Transcript
Nejra Cehic: Janus Henderson is out with its Global Dividend survey which reveals that 2017 represents a new high. Impressive numbers across nearly all regions and sectors, global dividends rose 7.7% on a headline basis, the fastest rate of growth since 2014, and reached a total of $1.2 trillion. Joining us is Ben Lofthouse, Janus Henderson Head of Global Equity Income. Great to see you, Ben. Thanks for joining us on the show. So, is this to do with the story about synchronized global growth, or is there more to it?
Ben Lofthouse: Well, there are lots of stories in this, actually. The most obvious one is global synchronized growth, so we, for the first time in many years, have seen growth coming from a number of different economies, and dividend growth often follows economic growth, and when companies are feeling more confident they increase dividends, but within that there’s also a story significantly around China in commodities, and oil as well. So if you look at... Read more

Stock name Last trade   P/E Earnings/Share Dividend/Share Dividend yield
GABELLI UTILITY TRUST 7.20   0.0 0.00 0.00 8.26
HELMERICH & PAYNE 40.76   0.0 -0.68 2.84 6.74
REAVES UTILITY INCOME FUND 36.75   0.0 0.00 0.00 5.89
BLDRS EUROPE 100 ADR INDEX FUND 20.63   0.0 0.00 1.07 5.27
TELEFONICA 7.41   10.2 0.73 0.35 4.71
CISCO SYSTEMS 49.93   19.2 2.60 1.40 2.85